Surreal Estate: Rosedale’s historic Horsman Hall, along with its 1,900-square-foot coach house, are on sale for $11.8 million

Surreal Estate: Rosedale’s historic Horsman Hall, along with its 1,900-square-foot coach house, are on sale for $11.8 million

What old Edwardian would be complete without six bathrooms, a basement for viewing parties, floor-to-ceiling tilt-and-turn windows, and Toronto’s highest heritage rating?

Neighbourhood: Rosedale
Price: $11,895,000
Last sold for: $5,550,000 in 2020
Size: 5,515 square feet plus a 1,900-square-foot coach house
Bedrooms: 5+1
Bathrooms: 6
Real estate agent: Justin Cohen

The place

A five-plus-one-bedroom, six-bathroom Edwardian mansion in Rosedale, named Horsman Hall after its original owner. It has a 1,900-square-foot coach house in the backyard and holds the city’s highest heritage rating—meaning that any future renovations must first be approved by city hall. The place overlooks Mount Pleasant just south of Roxborough and is within walking distance of the Glen Road Bridge and Rosedale Valley, with easy access to Rosedale and Sherbourne stations. 

The history

The current owner bought this home in 2020 as an investment property and started renovating right away. Working with Lieux Architects, they replaced the roof, rebuilt the porch and restored the 1905 oak front door as well as the exterior stone and brick. Indoor upgrades include new windows and floors, tons of custom storage and a lowered basement. 

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The tour

The front of the home has a patio and a driveway that leads to the backyard, all of it shaded by a mature maple. 

A closer look at the rebuilt porch, which has thermal wood decking and skirting along with chic lighting. 

The foyer features plenty of veined marble. The fishbowl on the right is the office.

Here’s that corner office, which could be transformed into a library or an enclosed dining room. 

The view from the office.

Down the hall is the open-concept kitchen and dining area. It comes with floor-to-ceiling tilt-and-turn windows, herringbone white oak floors and a serene view of the backyard.

This angle showcases the kitchen’s porcelain counters and backsplash plus the Sub-Zero fridge, Wolf induction cooktop, and Miele wall ovens and dishwasher.

Storage throughout is by Edwards and Wilson Cabinetmakers.

The dining area, meanwhile, is equipped with more storage and a dry bar.

The west-facing living area looks onto the street and is equipped with a gas fireplace with a striking feature wall. 

This reverse angle highlights the uniquely shaped brick walls—there were no glass boxes in Edwardian times. 

That’s the dry bar on the right, with its own wine fridge.

This is the main-floor bathroom, one of six in the home, all of which have heated floors.

Moving upstairs reveals the main bedroom, peering over the garage and coach house (more on that later) through picture-frame windows. 

The owner replaced the wall behind the headboard with sleek glass cabinets.

Now for the ensuite bathroom. There’s a soaker tub and an open shower illuminated by the mansion’s original windows.

Here’s a peek at the garage, meant to evoke a Muskoka boathouse. Hidden within is a charging station for EVs. 

Here’s what the house looks like from the back. 

Perhaps the greatest feature of the property is the coach house—former stables for the main home. Legally, it’s a separate residence, and it features a newly renovated living space, an elevator and two bedrooms, both with ensuite bathrooms.

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